College football is the cash cow of most university athletic programs. The institution has quite a few different types of people and personalities involved.
The biggest part of what makes a college football team successful is recruiting. And the most scrutinized part of college recruitment is sussing out which student athletes have troubled pasts and character issues.
A few months ago, CBS News and Sports Illustrated completed a six-month investigation about the criminal records of college football players.
A background check was run on every college football player on every team in SI’s preseason Top 25. Of the 2,837 players examined, shockingly, 204 had criminal records—or one in every 14 players on a Top-25 team.
The exhaustive investigation highlighted not only the amount of crime being committed across the country by college football players but how blatantly schools are ignoring it or manipulating the system to get around it.
The study was very compelling, but it covered all college football players. This list will focus on the players that are in this year's draft who have had run-ins with the law.
Some of these players are big-name talents expected to go high in the draft. And though not all of these arrests are jaw-dropping offenses, the circumstances surrounding them make them interesting.